- November 2015
- Serves 10
- Hands-on time 30 min, oven time 40 min
A vegetarian spinach and ricotta pie encased in layers of crispy filo pastry – it can be cut up small for nibbles or works well, sliced, for lunch or dinner.
Instead of pastry, how about making something similar with pasta? Our spinach and ricotta lasagne is well worth a try.
- Vegetarian recipes
- 21.3g (10.2g saturated)
- 19.1g (5.1g sugars)
- 1kg spinach
- 2 leeks, finely sliced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 50ml olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
- 400g feta, crumbled
- 260g ricotta
- 80g pecorino (or vegetarian alternative), grated
- 1 small bunch fresh dill
- 1 small bunch fresh parsley
- Pinch chilli flakes (optional)
- 3 large free-range eggs, beaten
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- Finely grated zest 1 lemon
- A few gratings nutmeg
- 270g pack good-quality filo (you’ll need 6-8 sheets)
- Sea salt and black sesame seeds to garnish
You’ll also need…
- 30cm loose-bottomed tart tin or shallow cake tin
- Boil the kettle and set a very large, deep, frying pan over a high heat. Put a splash of boiling water in the pan, then add as much spinach as will fit and cook until wilted, using tongs to stir it around. Tip it into a colander in the sink and repeat with the remainder and another splash of water. Once all the spinach is in the colander, press down with a plate to squeeze out as much water as you can. Remove and lay the spinach on kitchen paper in a single layer. Cover with more kitchen paper and press down. Leave to dry while you continue with the recipe (see tip).
- Meanwhile, over a low-medium heat, soften the leeks, onion and garlic in a frying pan in a drizzle of olive oil for 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate and leave to cool.
- Mix the cheeses, herbs, chilli flakes (if using), eggs, spring onions, zest, nutmeg and the onion mixture in a medium bowl. Give the spinach one last squeeze, then chop, add to the bowl and mix well. Season well. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 with a baking sheet inside.
- Unroll the filo pastry on a clean work surface and cover with a slightly damp tea towel. Put the 50ml olive oil into a bowl and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the 30cm loose-bottomed tart/cake tin with oil. Lay one sheet of filo lengthways so its centre is on the edge of the tin, with half the sheet in the tin and half overhanging. Brush the filo sheet lightly with oil, then lay another sheet next to it, partially overlapping the first sheet but a little further around the tin, again overhanging. Brush with oil. Continue with all 6 sheets of filo – like the spokes in a wheel – brushing lightly with oil as you go until the tin is fully lined.
- Spoon in the filling, then fold over the hanging filo sheets in the reverse order you laid them, brushing the tops lightly with oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and black sesame seeds. Bake for 35-40 minutes until crisp, covering with foil if it’s browning too much. Leave to cool slightly, then serve warm or at room temperature.
It’s important the spinach is completely dry (step 1). You can leave it out for up to 4 hours and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
The pie keeps well for up to 2 days, wrapped in cling film in its tin. Warm through in the oven before serving.
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